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Why is Mark not the first gospel?

It's because the early church fathers thought that Matthew was written first. This is known as the Augustinian Hypothesis, and its namesake, Augustine, writes: Now, those four evangelists whose ...
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How is the amazement of the Jews explained by those who believe that "Render Unto Caesar" affirmed the paying of taxes?

What lies below is certainly not the only way to interpret this scripture, but it is one way I find extremely compelling, and to my knowledge, provides a reasonable historical understanding. This ...
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When was the Gospel of Mark written?

Executive Summary The Gospel of Mark was probably composed in Rome shortly after the death of Emperor Claudius (died AD 54). I will use the writings of Clement of Alexandria & Paul's epistle to ...
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What is the significance of colour purple in the robe that Jesus was made to wear?

Purple in the Roman Empire was associated with triumph, and came to be associated with the Emperors specifically. Along with the crown of thorns, the purple robe was a mocking symbol of Jesus' royalty....
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Does the Catholic church consider Mark 16:9-20 to be biblical canon?

At the Council of Trent, the Church officially declared as dogma the canon of Holy Scripture. This included "the four Gospels, according to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John." The council did ...
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What is significant about the torn curtain? What about Jesus' death impressed the centurion at the cross?

The Veil: Its meaning Most scholars are in agreement on the ultimate conclusion and meaning of the tearing of the curtain. Perhaps none are so succinct as Ezra Palmer Gould in A Critical and ...
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What are arguments for the divine inspiration of the longer ending of Mark (Mark 16:9-20)?

The following is quoted from this article at the Early Church History website which outlines the very early attestation of the longer ending of Mark: Irenaeus, Justin, Tatian and Hippolytus were very ...
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According to orthodox Trinitarians, why did Jesus respond that only God is good?

The teaching on this passage from such as Martin Luther (see link below) is that the rich young ruler approaches Jesus as 'good Master'. The young man sees only a master who can instruct him with ...
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While on the cross, was Jesus abandoned by every human?

He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his ...
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Why did Paul Thank God he didn't baptize some individuals?

The First Epistle to the Corinthians opens with an expanded address (1 Corinthians 1:1-7), identifying its writer as the apostle Paul who, with Sosthenes, was writing to the church community in ...
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is Adam no longer the son of God?

This is an artifact of the translation you are using. There is no verb in the Greek text of the verse. Consider this version: the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of ...
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Why don’t the gospel authors specifically identify themselves?

The Gospels are formally anonymous in the same way nearly every book on your bookshelf is: the author is not identified in the body of the text. So my copies of the Harry Potter books are anonymous in ...
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What is meant by keeping people blind and deaf so as not to get healed?

TL;DR: Milk before meat. Deep doctrine is dangerous to an unprepared soul. "I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able." (...
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Mark 6:48 - Why was Jesus about to walk on water past the disciples?

The conundrum is summarized by William Lane: Because the text stresses that Jesus' coming to the disciples was the direct result of his perceiving their distress, the explanation that "he meant to ...
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Why are some words of Jesus in Aramaic transliterated in the Gospels of Mark?

In the case of "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani" (Mark 15,34) the Aramaic is needed to explain the misunderstanding in verse 35 when some of the crowd think He is calling for Elijah. The mistake is ...
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How does Catholic Church view the new school of thought on multiplication of bread by Jesus?

Denial of miracles is one characteristic of the heresy of Modernism. Doctors of the Church did not deny the miraculous nature of the multiplication of the loaves: The multiplication of the loaves ...
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What prominent scholars and/or denominations hold to Matthean priority?

"Matthaean priority" comes in two primary forms: the Augustinian hypothesis and the two-gospel hypothesis. Both hold that Matthew came first, but differ on which synoptic gospel came next (Mark in ...
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According to orthodox Trinitarians, why did Jesus respond that only God is good?

See https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/746-did-jesus-repudiate-his-divine-nature Jesus is trying to show that the man is careless in his use of the word "good". He is not denying his deity, ...
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If Christ has all power to perform miracles, how is that that "he could there do no mighty work" save that He healed a few?

In John 6:29, "Jesus answered them, 'This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.'" Jesus did not do His healing works merely for the sake of healing. He came to restore faith in ...
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According to Trinitarians, why didn't Jesus correct the scribe's use of 'Him' at Mark 12:32-33?

I and the Father are One, saith Jesus, John 10:30. God is one - a matter of divine nature, a nature shared by three persons in a perfection of unity. Therefore, without further revelation, as was the ...
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Are there Christians who believe Jesus was an ideology and not a person?

There certainly are people and movements who believe that, in several variations. The most significant ones are typified by the book The Pagan Christ, by Tom Harpur, a former Anglican priest. In the ...
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Why is Mark not the first gospel?

Many of the church fathers saw a correspondence between the Gospels and the four living creatures in Revelation 4:5-11. They disagreed over which living creature went with which gospel. However, if ...
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Why did Paul Thank God he didn't baptize some individuals?

The church of Corinth had a problem: it was split up into quarrelling factions. The people were more focused on the differences between them, such as which apostles they identified with, than the ...
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According to Catholicism, why did Jesus address inanimate objects?

He wanted to show His control over the universe. See St. Thomas Aquinas's discussion on God's divine governance in his Summa Theologica (I q. 103). St. Bede says this about the mystical sense: ...
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From Catholic perspective, what is the meaning of the tearing of the veil at the death of Christ?

St. Thomas Aquinas himself thinks only the outer veil was rent; he says in his Commentary on St. Matthew's Gospel: And it ought to be observed that in the Temple there were two veils, namely, in ...
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If Jesus was weak, how could he be a carpenter?

The section of Ireaneus quoted here is part of a parenthetical phrase (note the hyphens). Some of them, moreover — [when they predicted that] as a weak and inglorious man, and as one who knew what ...
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What are arguments for the divine inspiration of the longer ending of Mark (Mark 16:9-20)?

A. It was quoted by early Church fathers. The versus in question were quoted by Irenaeus, Justin, Tatian and Hippolytus in the second century AD [1]. While manuscripts from these authors don't predate ...
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Did Jesus engage himself in any profession before the commencement of his Ministry?

Did Jesus engage himself in any profession before the commencement of his Ministry? Traditionally, Jesus followed in his foster-father of Our Lord (Nutritor Domini), St. Joseph in the family trade! ...
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